ABERDEEN LYNX 2 PAISLEY PIRATES 3
In a bad tempered affair at Aberdeen, with over 150 minutes in penalties given out, Pirates squeezed home by the odd goal in five to take a one goal advantage with them to the second leg of this Scottish Cup Quarter Final at Braehead Arena next Sunday.
The visitors were out of the blocks like lightning and were ahead on the powerplay within three minutes as Campbell put his side in front. It got even better for Pirates as before five minutes had gone they’d doubled their advantage as Orr got his first of the night, with the home penalty box again occupied. Aberdeen did get back into the game as the clock ticked down, Calum McEachran halving the deficit with less than two minutes of the period remaining to put the hosts back in the tie.
In a tight second period, Aberdeen continued to take penalties, but Pirates were unable to take advantage of their numerical supremacy, while heavily outshooting the home side, and thus as the players headed for the dressing room at the end of the middle session the game remained finely balanced at 2-1.
Pirates found themselves in penalty trouble at the beginning of the final session, and this was to prove costly as Laydon tied the scores with just over four minutes played. The joy of the home fans was muted, however, as within two minutes Orr had restored the visitors’ lead with the game winning goal. In a tense final session littered with penalties, matters boiled over with less than two minutes remaining, Aberdeen’s Calum McEachran and Pirates’ Chris Turley both being ejected for incurring multiple penalties, and when play resumed Pirates safely saw out the remaining period, to take a precious one goal lead back with them in advance of the deciding leg next Sunday.